METAL URGE: COLLECTING CARL AUBOCK'S MID CENTURY METAL MASTERPIECES

by Marisa Marcantonio

Known for his beautiful decorative objects made in brass, wood and horn, the pieces created by Austrian Weiner Werkstatte designer Carl Aubock are treasured. Recognizable for their clean, simple forms, his weighty designs were often everyday objects, cast in bronze or nickel. He did mid-century modern accessories and larger pieces in a pared down way, with just enough realistic detail. While walking The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, I stopped by the Viennese design booth to check out the whisper thin Lobmeyer glassware when some shiny brass things caught my eye. Aubock's designs are being reproduced, and this was their re-issue debut. A chance to attract a new audience and woo hard-core Aubock collectors for sure. Then while downtown recently,  recently saw a trove of his original vintage pieces at Mondo Cane in Tribeca. Each piece has stand-alone beauty, but seeing them together really made me covet every single piece. The iconic designs just have that captivating effect.

The Aubock accessories at ICFF.

Letter openers, shoe horns, and small dishes at Mondo Cane.

More Aubock chicness


A hefty nickel chain link paperweight and items below can be found at Barneys.

His Key Keychain 

The Lock Keychain

The U Keychain

PARIS ARRIVE A NEW YORK: MARCHE AUX PUCES HITS BARNEYS

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you didn't make it to Paris for Maison Objet, with a side trip to the famed La Marche Aux Puces flea market in Clignancourt, you are in luck, because it has come to you.  Barneys New York is saving you the price of a plane ticket, and the cost of shipping a container home. After mining through hundreds of decorative objects and antiques, Dennis Freedman, creative director of Barneys New York, cherry-picked his favorites to bring back to New York. Three stalls have been set up in Chelsea Passage on the 9th floor of the store, filled with unusual original pieces, ranging from a mod orange 60's chair to architectural salvage to funky metal sculptures from the 1930's. The range of styles, priced from $200 to $5000, makes the assortment worth seeing, since once its gone it's gone baby gone.  It will be there till mid-November, vite!

Photos courtesy of Tom Sibley

One of the three dramatically lit stalls

It's all in the mix

Need an arched window from a cathedral?

There is a bit of everything

The metal bird is fabulous

It's fun to see the diversity of materials

Displayed gallery style, you don't have to fight the pushy crowds here

MURIEL'S WORLD: AN EXOTIC JOURNEY

by Marisa Marcantonio

It has been Muriel's month this October in New York. From a Barneys pop-up shop dedicated to her exclusive limited edition collection of hand-beaded home-furnishings and custom Taffin Candle to a highly successful special auction of 120 pieces at Phillips on October 21st, to her book launch, Muriel Brandolini's special brand of glamorous exotic creations has made a splash here. Exquisitely sophisticated and dreamy, her interiors are luscious eye candy.

Photos courtesy of Rizzoli
Muriel Brandolini lives in a technicolor world. Her interiors pulsate with vibrant color, and transport her clients to a fantasy world where rich textiles, vibrant prints, patchwork woven fabrics, modern accents, striking antiques and unexpected colors collide. These surreal interiors, collected in Rizzoli's The World of Muriel Brandolini Interiors, are truly amazing. Her French Vietnamese multicultural upbringing, with time spent in Vietnam to Venice, give her customized environments a highly unique point of view. It is a treat to have this visionary designer's interiors under one cover, as well as learn her personal journey. The pages will draw you into her fantastically bold world, one you will not want to leave.

Brandolini used the Chinese opium bed and the eclectic combo of hot pink and red years before it became a thing. Shown here with her children, she created a transporting haven in her New York apartment.

Painted candy colored steps relate the color palette back to the rest of her home. A large Vietnamese lantern is a great foil for the poppy colors.

Two black patent leather banquettes with patchwork pillows ground the painted celadon with grey and red floral walls. As unexpected as this combination is, it works.

The canvas of her New York living room is ever evolving. This is her second incarnation of the space, with two long sofas, an art deco table, horsehair covered stools and a round kelly green velvet settee creating a focal point in the long room.

To think that this interior was done in the 1990's, before coral was everywhere, really shows Brandolini's independent design spirit. In a New York foyer, a chocolate brown felt wall with giant coral applique is a statement if there ever was one. An oxblood console ties the colors together creating a wonderful moment.

BARNEYS POP UP:

A special Taffin candle is available in store and online at Barneys. The signature Fleur D'Oranger scent wafts through Brandolini's interiors, providing an exotic, transporting experience in her client's homes.

The shop, in Chelsea Passage, offers custom beaded pillows, beaded and embroidered tables, sling chairs, pendant lights and ornate rugs, set against her signature patchwork fabric backdrop. Step into her world for a sensory escape. Also available online at Barneys.

The pillows are incredibly detailed with wild patterns in unexpected color combinations.

A round puce rug with an abstracted pattern and surrealist tables is Jetson's- meets- Venice.